Monthly Archives: September 2015

#NationalCoffeeDay Tomorrow

Usually I post about “national holidays” on the day of, but considering the nature of tomorrow’s holiday, I think it’s only appropriate that I let you know about some perks before tomorrow AM (no pun intended).

Tomorrow marks #NationalCoffeeDay, and we’re lucky enough to have SO MANY options for freebies from some of our caffeinated favorites!

USA Today gives us a collection of all of the coffee freebies available tomorrow – how lucky are we?! Be sure to check them out and have an extra productive Tuesday!

Dunkin’ Donuts: Free medium cup of Dunkin’ Donuts hot or iced dark roast coffee. The limit is one per guest and is available at participating locations.

Peet’s Coffee & Tea: Free small cup of Peet’s Major Dickason Blend with any puchase of baked good, oatmeal, or fresh food item.

Wawa: Free coffee in the size of your choice.

LaMar’s Coffee: Free 12-ounce cup of coffee and free mug! While supplies last.

Krispy Kreme: Free small coffee and original glazed donut

JetBlue: Free espresso brews from the Brooklyn Roasting Company

Sheetz: Free cup of coffee

Staples: Post a picture on social media with your coffee mug and the hashtag #officemugshot to win a free coffee pack

No shortage on freebies here – get on it people!

Free Ocean Mist Cosmetics ‘Try Me Kit’

Happy Monday! And a happy Monday it is with this free sampler kit!

Ocean Mist Cosmetics is giving out one sample kit per customer so that you can see how wonderful mineral makeup is without breaking the bank. Pay only shipping and handling!

The kit includes the following:

  • 3 mineral foundation colors
  • 1 concealer
  • 1 blush
  • 1 finishing powder

There are TONS of color options for each unit in the kit, so you can try the product in the shades that best match your skintone.

Ocean Mist Cosmetics lets you know that these are in tiny jars that aren’t best for application, but that the best play here is to use a makeup pallet or a piece of wax paper for application – and don’t forget to moisturize, or even use a nice Primer beforehand for best results!

I checked out customer reviews and they are all 4-5 of 5 stars with rave reviews! Some people wish the quantity was a bit more generous, but how can you complain when it’s free?!

Try these out – I always love testing products before I pay full price! Let us know what you think!

Vitacost: So Many Free Samples!

Stumbling around the internet today, I found this seemingly awesome outlet for free and discounted products: Vitacost.com

On the free sample section of their site, products are free of charge for a single unit, though shipping fees apply ($4.99). BUT there are about 20 free samples to choose from at any time, so I would say that’s totally worth it!

From Tom’s all natural products, to vitamins, to protein powder, to Kind Bars – there are so many things I would love to try on this site to product test before I ever purchased full size.

Even better, when you are ready to purchase full-size product, this site has incredible deals – so you can go right back to the source you initially found the product on for purchase!

Vitacost prides themselves on a few things:

  • Best prices
    • Vitacost offers savings up to 50% off of retail on the healthy products you want and need, including vitamins, supplements, health foods, sports nutrition products, bath & body favorites, even home and pet products.
  • Endless product selection
    • Vitacost carries over 45,000 different selections of healthy products! If they don’t carry what you’re looking for, just get in touch with the, and they will make the magic happen.
  • Easy shipping
    • For orders over $49, free! For anythign else, only $4.99.
  • Top-ranked customer service
    • In the book of Linda Anders, this is the most important quality in a company. Vitacost has an online Help Center as well as a toll free phone service from 8am to 9pm.

Check it out, let us know what you think!

Save $32 on Amazon Prime

I don’t know how I just caught wind of this when the Emmy’s were on Sunday…BUT, fear not, we have time to capitalize on this!

To celebrate Transparent (Amazon original series) winning 5 Emmy Awards, Amazon is offering an incredible deal on Friday, September 25th ONLY. New Amazon Prime members will only have to spend $67 for their first year  using Prime. Normally, this costs $99, so this is a $32 discount.

I’ve preached the perks to Prime to you all before:

  • Free 2-day Shipping
  • Unlimited Deliveries
  • Access to Prime Instant Video
  • Tons of Kindle Perks

Check out THIS PAGE on Friday to sign up for your discounted Prime. Don’t forget, you can always cancel if you don’t think this is worth $99/year next September, but I don’t think you will 🙂

FREE Foundation Sample from Lancome!

Thursday morning FREE makeup sample coming in hot!

Lancome is offering a free sample of their Endless Perfection Teint Idole Ultra 24 Hours Foundation – quite the mouthful. Let me tell you a little bit about it – you can refer to product specs on Lancome’s website for further details:

  • Retails for $46.50
  • 24-hour wear for divine, lasting perfection
  • With its new EternalSoft technology, Teint Idole Ultra 24H defeats all challenges. Complexion stays perfectly flawless and unified. Never cakey.
  • Not powdery – a perfectly smooth, velvety matte
  • The result? The full coverage you need – flaws, pores, redness, and all imperfections visibly disappear.
  • Oil-free, fragrance-free, transfer-free

Click here to fill out a quick form, and Lancome will send you a free sample. You’ll get to select the shade of your choice (light, medium, or dark) so that you get a great feel as to whether or not this is a good cosmetic product for your face. Ships within a week!

Yankee Candle: Buy 2, Get 2

I don’t know about you, but the second the temperatures start to cool down, I love feeling cozy in my home. More than that, I love lighting candles that reflect the season. That Christmas tree smell over the holidays? To die for!

Maybe you aren’t aware (I wasn’t) but Yankee Candle has some really awesome FALL scents as well. Being that this is my favorite season, official today, I NEED to try these.

Here’s the new fall scents:

  • Autumn In The Park
  • Brandy Pear Tart
  • Cranberry Twist
  • Sugar and Spice

Coincidence that there are 4 scents? I think not. Yankee Candle is running a deal through September 27th, where if you buy two candles, you get two free! You can print this coupon and use this deal in-store, or you can shop online and use the promo code: 4FALL.

Let us know what you think! I can’t wait!

Freezer Meals: Week 9

Happy Wednesday & Happy Freezer Meal Day!

I’ve heard a lot about freezer meals that Pinterest’ers refer to as ‘dumps’. A ‘dump’ is when you pre-prepare a meal, freeze it, and simply dump it in a slow cooker to complete. They’re simple, convenient, and silly-easy.

I thought that today, I’d bring you in on the ‘dump’ theme with 3 recipes that follow this protocol.

First up…

Terriyaki Dump Chicken

Terriyaki Dump Chicken

Terriyaki Dump Chicken [http://acultivatednest.com/2009/02/im-just-dump-cook/]

Dump the following ingredients in a gallon size freezer bag and squeeze out as much air as you can and seal: 1 clove crushed garlic, minced ginger, soy sauce, brown sugar, cider vinegar, rice wine vinegar, 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts. Freeze. To cook, defrost overnight (or you could always go from frozen and just increase your cooking time). Take your bag and dump into a greased baking dish. Cook at 350 in a preheated oven until done. Usually this will take 25-35 minutes. If you want to cook in a crockpot, cook on low for 6 hours or high for 4 hours until chicken is no longer pink.

That’s all – enjoy!

Hearty Beef Stew

Hearty Beef Stew

Hearty Beef Stew [http://www.mommysavers.com/crock-pot-freezer-meals-hearty-beef-stew/]

MommySavers provides us with such a great recipe here – an all-time comfort food. And it’s easy! Simply add the following ingredients, raw, into 2 bags: cubed stew meat, 1 small-medium white onion, 2-3 stalks of celery, 30 baby carrots, 1 cup frozen peas, 8 baby red potatoes, 1 can diced tomatoes. You’ll then need to prepare and mix a sauce: tomato sauce, tomato paste, garlic, garlic and herb seasoning, pepper, and beef bullion. Pour sauce divided into each of the two bags, zip up, and freeze. When you’re ready to cook, thaw in the fridge overnight, pour into crock pot, and cook on low 6-8 hours or high-3-4 hours. Then you’re ready to serve!

Stickin’ Chicken

Stickin Chicken

Stickin Chicken [http://midwestmodernmomma.com/dump-chicken-recipes/]

Not only does this recipe have a fun name, but it’s just insanely easy! All you need for stickin’ chicken are boneless, skinless chicken breasts, 1/4 cup of peanut butter, soy sauce, garlic powder, cayenne pepper, and salt&pepper. Add all to a bag, zip up, and freeze. When you’re ready to cook, preheat your oven to 350 and bake for 35-40 minutes. If you want to crockpot, cook for 6-8 hours on low or 3-4 hours on high. Easy, easy! Enjoy.